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Follow Up On Opportunities when On a Job Search

If you are on a job search, follow up on opportunities. The job search process is hard. It is important to remember that the dollars are in the follow-up so follow up on things and win!

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It is wonderful to commit to taking the job search seriously by following up on opportunities.

There are all kinds of people who are looking for jobs on any particular day. Some are typical nine to five workers. Others are entrepreneurs who are looking for new money-making opportunities for their businesses. Still, others are people who work at home and don’t have a typical office setup.

One thing that is common to all these people is that they are looking for work and come across a variety of opportunities. While entrepreneurs are not typically thought of as job seekers, but they are, and should follow good job search practices.  One factor that may help one job seeker be more successful than another is the amount and type of follow-up done.  

When searching for jobs, it is not the normal case that an entrepreneur is able to go from job search to cash in hand without follow-up of some kind. For example, an entrepreneur may telephone a prospect, make a sales pitch to someone in a support position, and be told to call back later for an appointment or conversation with the principal. In this type of situation, it is rare for the principal to call the entrepreneur next to consummate the deal.

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The entrepreneur must do follow-up to get the deal done. Without the entrepreneur following up as directed by the support person, the job may never materialize and the entrepreneur will not be successful in the job search and will not make money.

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Similarly, entrepreneurs may hear about opportunities to make money or jobs that are coming available when talking to other entrepreneurs, while in line at the market, or while talking with other parents at a children’s sporting event.  These conversations about jobs and about potential opportunities are important and should not be taken lightly. Entrepreneurs should be ever mindful of opportunities to make money. It reminds me of the lyrics of an old song, “I’ve got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.”

Entrepreneurs should also be mindful of a concept called “opportunity cost.” The idea with opportunity cost is that the chance to do something has a cost associated with it. For example, if you choose to stay up late watching television, it costs you the opportunity to go to bed and get sleep.

So, if an entrepreneur chooses not to go after a potential source of revenue, the opportunity that is lost has an associated cost. The cost could be that the person who referred the business will not refer more business. Another possibility is that the support person that advised the entrepreneur to call back will not take future calls seriously.

It is wonderful to commit to taking the job search seriously by following up on opportunities.

Almost everyone has heard the expression, “Opportunity only knocks once.” While the number of times that opportunity knocks is debatable what is not debatable is the fact that repeated bites at the apple of opportunity are not guaranteed.

As an entrepreneur, it is important for you to develop a follow-up plan. Create a procedure so that you do follow-up on a regular basis. Develop a habit for returning calls, answering emails, handling snail mail, and going back for repeat visits as needed. If you are serious about the job search do the follow-up work at the start of the relationship.

Understand that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The way you handle the job search follow-up may determine the impression the client has about you throughout the relationship.

In conclusion, it is wonderful to commit to taking the job search seriously by following up on opportunities. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, are you following up on all job search opportunities, or are you letting them waste away?

38 thoughts on “Follow Up On Opportunities when On a Job Search”
  1. Following up is so important! Such great tips! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Love this and lots of good tips here for anyone in any type of business. It is always good to keep good relations with anyone you have worked with so that you can reach back out for upcoming opportunities and so much more.

  3. This is a good point. I am in this position myself and it is a good reminder to always follow up!

  4. I agree that following up is a great idea for anyone seeking employment. It can influence whether you get a job or not.

  5. It’s so important to follow up on opportunities. It’s key to send that thank you email or inquire about future opportunities.

  6. I absolutely agree on this! This is such a really great reminder, Thank you for sharing this to us!

  7. I think this is always a good idea. Not many think to do this either. If you don’t hear back, it’s always good to call back.

  8. Following up is really necessary. I need to be better about this!

  9. Many people shy away from following up on job opportunities. However, a follow-up conveys the message that you are interested and not your desperation.

  10. To follow up, its also good to ask directly for an update and say you look forward to hearing about the next steps.

  11. this does not apply only to job hunting but also to emails. In blogging, A lot of times I could have wasted a great collaboration if I didnt follow up.,

  12. Following up is showing up. A good boss wants someone who shows up, not just physically but mentally as well.

  13. I really enjoyed reading this post, thanks for sharing these tips. It’s so important to follow up.

  14. I totally agree with you! As an entrepreneur/job seeker, it is highly important for us to develop a follow-up plan. Thank you so much for sharing this info!

  15. I couldn’t agree more. Following up after interview is the best way to form a relationship with future employer.

  16. Great idea, yes following up opporunities, is must. These are great tips.

  17. It is so important to stay vigilant. The go getter is the one who gets the chance!

  18. My husband does a lot of hiring and he always says how much following up makes a difference to him. I agree it’s a good idea to show you are interested and committed.

  19. I agree. I definitely followed up after a few days or a week. I think it’s a must so they’d know that you’re really interested.

  20. Lovely post. You gave some great advices here. Thanks!

  21. Definitely sharing these with my kids. I have twin sons that will graduate from college in April 2021 and these are perfect reminders for them as they enter their job search

  22. I love all your points. Following up on you application shows how determined you are on getting the job

  23. That “lovely day” song is one of my favorite motivational song.

  24. Absolutely. I love all your points here. Perseverance is a great trait.

  25. Couldn’t agree more on this post. Definitely a great way to take our work seriously and this is a great reminder too. Following up is important too.

  26. This post is a great reminder. Following up is so important.

  27. As someone who used to work in the recruiting world, I 100% agree with you!

  28. This is such a great reminder. It’s always important to follow up, because you never know.

  29. It’s always key to follow up. Not just in this situation, but in a lot of adult like situations. I think people forget how important that is!

  30. I fully agree with every part of this post. I always follow up with any potential lead, even if it’s just to say that I’m not available for whatever reason. I have found that following up just to say, “I’m booked” goes a long way in forming a relationship that might bear fruit down the line.

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